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About The Field

The IBR field is concerned broadly with the management of the business enterprise in a multinational context. As such it provides a core business curriculum in accounting, finance, strategic management, marketing, leadership and decision-making while nurturing a nuanced understanding of the global socio-political, socio-economic, and industry contexts. Towards that end it develops theoretical and applied/managerial analytical frameworks applicable to manufacturing, trading, service and financial firms operating at different stages of their internationalization process. Students taking the International Business Relations field are required to complete four course credits.

Note: MIB students are not permitted to offer International Business Relations Field of Study to satisfy one of their field requirements.

Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive requirements in a given academic year.

Current Students and Alumni

Tanay Tatum

Founder and CEO, FreeCap
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2017

Sebastian Hurtado

Consultant, World Bank Group
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2018

Ruida Guo

Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2020

Outside the Classroom

  • Turkey's Turn: Perennial Linchpin or Emerging Hub?
  • Emerging Africa: Myth or Reality?
  • The Power of We: The Role of Business in Solving Society's Challenges
  • Global Investing: Practitioner's Lab with Masha Gordon
  • Panel Discussion on Private Sector Internships in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • CSR Tools of the Trade Workshop: Responding to Investor Demands for Sustainability Transparency at Crocs
  • Sustainable Sourcing Panel
  • Career Panel on CSR in Large Organizations
  • Tufts Innovation Symposium: Customer in Context
  • Why Go Global? Top 10 Must Haves in the Portfolio
  • From Disorder to Order: The Dharma of Entrepreneurship
  • The Future of American Superpower: Implications for Security, Politics, & Markets
  • Technology and Inclusive Innovation: The IBM Story in Africa
  • Annual Inclusion Forum: Inclusion, Inc.
  • Global Leaders Speaker: Paul Polman
  • Coffee & Conversation: Social Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Countries in MENA with Gilbert Doumit
  • Optimizing Emerging Market Strategies: How to Manage Financial Risks & Rewards


  • The Faire Collection - Otavalo, Ecuador
  • Gap, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
  • USAID - Washington, DC
  • Scholastic - New York City, NY
  • The Awethu Project - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ernst & Young - Chicago, IL
  • Amazon - Seattle, WA
  • Yum! Brands - Louisville, KY
  • BNP Paribas - New York City, NY
  • Hola Foods - Cordoba, Argentina
  • Trans-National Research Corporation - Ramsey, NJ
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company - Boston, MA
  • The Climate Group - London, UK


  • "Business in Bulgaria: An Overview for Investors and Managers in 2010"
  • "A Real Great Leap Forward: History, Drivers And Expected Trends Of M&A In the People’s Republic Of China"
  • "Collaborative Value Sharing Between Profit and NonProfit Partners in Emerging Markets: The Case of GrameenPhone in Bangladesh"
  • "Prospect of Energy Link Between Central Asia and China: A Study on the Development of 'Energy Silk Route,' the Turkmenistan - China Pipeline"
  • "The Political Potential of Israel-GCC Business Relations"
  • "Tourism and Economic Development in Tanzania"
  • "The Political Potential of Israel-GCC Business Relations"
  • "Mobile Banking: Can Financial Services be Extended to Africa's Unbanked?"
  • Adopem Bank: Microfinance in the Dominican Republic, A Case Study"
  • "The New Frontier of development: how securitization and risk spreading in the microfinance industry can benefit development and the private sector”
  • “The effect of sector-specific tax incentives on Brazilian FDI inflows”
  • “Commercializing Cassava: A Case Study of SABMiller’s South Sudan Supply Chain”


Student Groups
  • Fletcher Finance Club
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • International Business Club
  • Fletcher Political Risk Group
  • International Development Group


Annotated Curriculum

A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Alejandra:

Pre-Fletcher Experience
Deputy Director Industry Research, ProMexico (Mexican Agency for Trade & Investment Promotion)
Head of the Research and Evaluation Department, Promexico

Fields of Study
International Business Relations
Development Economics

Capstone Topic
A case study on marketing for non-profits

Post-Fletcher Professional Goals
My interests lie in areas related to marketing strategies, strategic communications and advocacy. I plan to work in organizations/projects that would allow me to combine my interests in communications, strategy, and development by providing strategic communications advice to advance causes with social impact.